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Ecobank Tanzania Unveils Two Digital Payment Systems

By George Rodgers

Dar es Salaam — Ecobank Tanzania has unveiled two digital payment solutions on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 aimed at easing retail payment.

Using the platforms known as Masterpass and M-Visa which are available in the Ecobank Mobile Application, the bank says it will help to promote financial inclusion among Tanzanians.

Speaking to journalists today, Ecobank’s managing director Ms Mwanahiba Mzee said the new banking services will guarantee safety and easy financial transactions.

“This service can be used by any person be it a customer or non-customer, all one needs is a smartphone with Ecobank’s application,” she said.

While demonstrating how the new services operate, Ecobank’s manager for electronic channels Mr Filemon Tesha said the importance of using these new services include getting money faster and also increasing sales to all merchants.

He also said the digital services charge 0.5 per cent at the points of sales (POS) while the normal charges for money transactions range from 3 per cent to 5 per cent of the transaction made.

He also said these services allow easy access for a person to follow up on their accounts as one can monitor the money transactions easily and it doesn’t need physical contact with banks.

The head of personal and domestic banking Ms Ndabu Swere added saying Ecobank’s aim is to strengthen services and simplify transactions to its customers.

Read: UK-based fund eyes Tanzanian bank, insurance firm

Tanzania

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Teu Speaks Out About Grisly Accident That Killed 13 People

By Valentine Oforo and John Namkwahe

Dar/Dodoma — Former deputy minister for Finance, Mr Gregory Teu, whose relatives perished in a road crash in Masaka, Uganda, spoke about the loss of family members.

Mr Teu said he learnt of the sad news, when he and his wife landed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).

Mr Teu revealed that after the wedding ceremony on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda, he and his wife boarded the plane from Uganda to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi while the rest left Uganda for Dar es Salaam aboard a mini-bus on Sunday at around 4pm.

“We left Uganda for Dar es Salaam by plane at midnight and landed at JNIA at around 2 am.” Adding “After landing at the Airport, I received a call from Uganda informing me about the deaths, we were very shocked and saddened by the reports.”

Seven out of 13 bodies of Tanzanians killed in the road crash in Kampala, Uganda, will be transported to Moshi while the remaining will be ferried to Mpwapwa in Dodoma Region for burials tomorrow.

The accident occurred on Sunday in Kampala, Uganda when the family of the ex-deputy minister was returning home from the wedding of his daughter.

A mini-bus that was carrying the victims was involved in a head-on collision with a truck on the Mataka Highway, leaving eight others seriously injured. Speaking today with The Citizen over the incident, Mr Gregory Teu’s sister, Ms Mary Teu, said the bodies were expected to arrive today in the country at around 20pm by air from Kampala.

“The bodies will be received by soldiers, who will take them to Lugalo General Military Hospital in Dar es Salaam for preservation until tomorrow when a Requiem Mass for the repose of the souls will be held at Lugalo,” said Ms Mary. She added that two vehicles have already been prepared for transporting the bodies tomorrow to different places.

“We will go to Mpwapwa for burials this Thursday while others will go to Moshi for burials of seven other bodies. After the burials in Mpwapwa, we will go to Moshi for burials of the seven bodies this Friday.

“This is because both sides belong to us as they are relatives of my sister in-law and they are relatives of my brother too,” she said.

She clarified that this Thursday the late relatives of her brother (Gregory Teu) would be laid to rest in Mpwapwa and this Friday again the late relatives of her sister-in-law ( the wife of Gregory Teu) would be laid to rest in Moshi.

She mentioned the names of the bodies being transported to Moshi as Edwin Kimario, Aristarick Shayo, Vivian Msacky , Digna Bosco, Happy Soka, Dr Einoth Laizer and Easter Teu, saying they were coming from different families in Kilimanjaro Region.

According to her, the bodies to be transported to Mpwapwa are those of George Teu (father of former MP Gregory Teu), Alfred Teu (young brother of former MP), Paulina Ndagala (aunt), Rehema Kamwaga (sister), and Boniface Njenga Sakas Teu (son of Gregory Teu).

Tanzania

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Over 9,000 Science Teachers Set for Refresher Courses

By By Zainabu Maeda

At least 9,000 teachers and other education experts have undergone refresher courses on science teaching in the northern zone regions under a donor-funded programme since 2002.

The programme, supported by a Swiss organisation called Helvetas, is aimed to address the shortage of science teachers in both secondary and primary schools.

“They were taught on improved skills on teaching of science subjects,” said the regional education officer, Mr George Jidamva, at the end of one refresher courses on Mathematics teaching.

He added that the programme was in line with the reforms taking place in the education sector which include improved quality of education and infrastructure to create a good learning environment.

Besides the teaching of science subjects and mathematics, the exercise has been extended to cover improved teaching methods for English language, which remains the medium of instruction in the country’s education system.

Donatian Marusa, the programme coordinator, said out of the 9,000 education experts who have undergone the refresher courses,6,000 were ordinary teachers, 1,000 head teachers and 2,000 education officers.

Tanzania

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End Exam Corruption

editorialBy Editorial

Last week, Makerere University revealed that it was reviewing the qualifications of nearly 300 alumni, who are suspected to have fraudulently obtained credit to graduate, in the last six years.

Makerere’s vice chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, rightly insisted that the university’s reputation is at stake and this foul play would not be tolerated, necessitating the drastic action.

According to Prof Nawangwe, the probe will see several staff members and students punished severely, if implicated in the scam. However, what is not being discussed, is the extent to which the problem has gone.

For years, the notion of students exchanging sex for marks has been synonymous with institutions of higher learning. That a few have been caught in the act, seemed to spur some action to end the vice – but little else. Consequently, the problem has slipped through the cracks, affecting several learning institutions.

Sadly, this vice is not restricted to institutions of higher learning. Children in primary school are being lured into sex by their teachers for similar reasons.

The problem is also rampant in secondary schools, where learners no longer treat their teachers with the reverence that their precursors did, owing to the new possibilities.

Reject the temptation to sleep with your teacher and you could be going home with low grades; succumb and you could be on your way to being top of your class. This results in students who pass with high grades but remain largely ignorant, judging by the glowing accolades.

Whenever he can, former Makerere University chancellor, Prof George Mondo Kagonyera, likes to urge students to emphasise the acquisition of new knowledge rather than passing their exams. He says the two should go together, but students should invest in acquiring knowledge rather than investing in remaining ignorant.

Until Nawangwe’s accession to the vice chancellor’s office at Makerere, Prof Kagonyera’s has been a lone voice. The hope is that Nawangwe will follow through with action, what he has insisted must be done.

In addition, the hope is that this cleaning up of examination corruption will move to other levels of learning, until it becomes clear that cheating in exams is too costly to be considered an option by learners.

Uganda

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Gor Floor Chemelil to Move Nine Points Clear

By David Kwalimwa

Gor Mahia’s march towards reclaiming the SportPesa Premier League title this season is well on course, in the wake of Thursday’s 3-0 thrashing of Chemelil Sugar at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Jacques Tuyisenge scored twice, his eighth and ninth league goals this season, to ensure victory for the table toppers against the sugar millers.

Kenneth Muguna netted the third goal to seal the result.

Tuyisenge scored his first goal on 23 minutes.

The pacy attacker capitalised on a pass from fellow strike partner George Odhiambo and beat Chemelil custodian Dairus Adira from close range.

Barely four minutes later, and the Rwandan international was again on the scoresheet.

And what a goal it was. Innocent Wafula had done the donkey work down the right hand side before delivering a cross into the box.

Probably by design, Tuyisenge’s compatriot Meddie Kagere flicked the call into the path of Tuyisenge, who connected the same into the net via a bicycle kick.

Crucially, this result hands coach Dylan Kerr’s charges a nine-point advantage over second placed Sofapaka, even though Batoto ba Mungu have played a game more.

At this rate, K’Ogalo who have won five and drawn the other of their last six assignments, could bag the title with four games left to play.

Kenya

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Liberia: Mixing Arts With Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

By Claudia Smith

It Takes a Village Africa, Founded by Matu Davis and her two artistic daughters, Erica Davies Cole (Spokesperson) and Evonne Adebo, have begun focusing on their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, and have now incorporated Arts (STEAM) to improve competitiveness in science and technology development for children who require a more creative way of learning. “The first program that we are doing, called Girls in Technology, is another aspect of the STEM. STEAM is where we incorporate the arts. My sister is an artist and she recommended that arts be added into the STEM program,” Erica added. “We are partnering with Liberian organizations that need these STEM and STEAM components.”

STEAM is an educational program that has been executed across the world, but is now in Liberia for the first time. It engages students in incorporated learning as they explore the world around them, thus allowing them to create innovative solutions to problems, and communicate their results while learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

STEAM is more than just the subjects, it is the intentional mixing of core contents with arts to inspire all students to think deeply, develop creative solutions, and aspire to a greater future. “We have another organization that’s doing arts where we take the children there to perform arts, drawing, different things of that nature just to be able to open up their creative third eye,” Erica stated. She says she and her siblings grew up with the fundamentals of arts, where they we were able to play violin, piano, learn Latin, Ballet, painting, etc.

“We also engaged another organization in August that was able to have a Robotics Camp, teaching kids the dynamics of how to put together the mechanics (ROBOTS). With STEM, they also get to learn the Periodic Table, about carbon and carbon monoxide, which is very important,” she added. Erica also believes that children who are aware of different things that they sometimes don’t learn in school will be able to learn simplistic concepts through the STEAM program.

Meanwhile, the international focus of the STEM program is to develop rigorous math and science skills through engineering, while the STEAM initiative embraces the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to engage all students in authentic learning STEM is a global initiative, and for Erica and It Takes a Village Africa, their inspiration is the children.

“I look at the children here in Liberia and it really brightens up my day. I see a lot of the children that’s here that are smart, creative and artistic. But they’ll go to school and be considered dull; and they are not, they are geniuses. We need to give them the tools to succeed” she revealed.

“We at It Take a Village Africa want to provide the children with the tools to be able to succeed by accommodating them. With each pupil’s profile, we are able to test them and place them where they need to be placed and be in cooperation with the parents as well. Their parents and the holistic community as a whole will play a major role; therefore, we engage the parents and don’t want this to be something the kids just come or sneak into; It takes a village to raise a child.

Liberia

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Govt Proposes Disbanding of Rubada

By By Alawi Masare

The government has proposed law amendment to disband the Rufiji Basin Development Authority (Rubada) whose role is seen no more important.

Rubada assets and debts will be shifted to the ministry responsible for development and planning.

Workers in Rubada will also be transferred to other government institutions and those who will remain redundant will be paid their benefits and dismissed.

Attorney General, Mr George Masaju, said when tabling the amendments in the Parliament today September 12 that contracts entered by Rubada in the past will be honoured and implemented.

Tanzania

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Let’s Appreciate Kecoso Games’ Contribution to Kenyan Sport

By Elias Makori

From this weekend, Kisumu County will host the 38th edition of the Kenya Communications Sports Organisations (Kecoso) Games with 12 different sporting codes on the programme.

The Kecoso Games bring together 12 institutions from the communications industry and are held annually on a rotational basis across the country. The ministries of transport, information and sports are also represented in the membership of Kecoso, with the three cabinet secretaries joint patrons of this affiliation.

However, in recent years, these games somewhat lost their lustre, largely because of dwindling financing, a shoestring budget and declining interest from some of the member institutions.

However, the good news is that the Kecoso Games are currently experiencing renewed interest and vigor, with the Kisumu championships expected to reflect this new spirit.

Which is just as well because it is these championships that played a pivotal role in the development of some of Kenya’s greatest sporting stars of old, and need to be re-engineered to their rightful place in the Kenyan sport matrix.

Bitten by the sports bug as a student in the 1980s at Cardinal Otunga High School Mosocho in Kisii County and, before then, at the neighbouring St Mary’s Mosocho Primary School, one of the annual events that I really used to look forward to sneaking out to watch were Kecoso Games.

Partly because some of my schoolmates had their professional sporting careers ignited at these games, cradle-snatched by some of the top Kecoso teams like Posta, Kenya Airways and Kenya Ports Authority who went to the lengths of offering them scholarships after appreciating their skills at inter-schools competitions.

My classmate, the late former national 100 and 200 metres champion and record holder Kennedy Ondiek, was snapped up by Posta while another classmate, Kennedy Ochieng, a two-time Africa 400m champion, joined the Kenya Ports Authority.

Before them, many of our schoolmates, including former Kenya national basketball team veteran and later coach Ronnie Owino, starred for Posta’s basketball team with other stars such as Peter Achar and Robert Omolle joining Posta and KPA squads.

Our multi-talented schoolmate Mike Sanna, a gifted hockey and football star, turned out for Posta’s football team, then anchored around the powerful league side Kisumu Posta FC.

If they didn’t join Kecoso teams, then the high school sports stars back in the day would be recruited mainly by the banks, with Barclays Bank’s “Eagles” and Kenya Commercial Bank’s “Kencom Lions the preferred destinations of basketball legends such as Philip Omany and Gerald Nyaoma, the latter now a director at the Central Bank of Kenya.

The Kenya Defence Forces would concentrate on recruiting track and field talent where the likes of 400 metres hurdles star Shem Ochako settled.

Nationally, football stars such as Peter Dawo, John Arieno “Papa”, Tobias “Jua Kali” Ocholla (Railways), John “Kasongo” Odie, Josephat “Controller” Murila, Mahmoud Abbas, Anthony Ndolo, Tobias “Jua Kali” Ocholla (Kenya Airways), Sammy Onyango “Jogoo”, John “Bobby” Ogolla (Posta), Ricky Solomon, Wycliffe Anyangu, George “Fundi” Onyango and Ben Oloo “Breakdance” (KPA) made the Kecoso Games an exciting annual showcase.

Top athletes were also in action, including hurdler Rose Tata Muya and marathon legend Tecla Lorupe who did duty for Posta alongside 1988 Olympic 800m gold medallist Paul Ereng and former London, Chicago and New York marathons champion Joyce Chepchumba.

Even Kenya’s Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama can be termed as a “product” — or is it by-product? — of the Kecoso system because it was while turning out for Kenya Railways (football) and Posta (netball), respectively, at the Kecoso Games that his parents, Noah and Mildred Wanyama, met and later settled down together.

These games offered national coaches a ready platform to recruit ready-made talent, and thanks to this system, a thoroughly fit Gor Mahia squad, that drew most of its players from Kecoso affiliates, won the Africa Cup Winners’ Cup (Mandela Cup) in 1987 with Dawo the tournament’s tormentor-in-chief.

Kecoso general secretary, fellow scribe Omolle Asiko, has announced there will be an exhibition boxing contest in the Kisumu championships, organized by the legendary Stephen Muchoki, with a view of having boxing back on the Kecoso roster.

This is a welcome move because top Kenyan boxers also emerged from the Kecoso system, including the celebrated heavyweight/ light-heavyweight Omar Ahmed Kasongo, Harold Obunga, D.K. Kamau, Ali Athuman Ojukwu and Alois “Les Les” Muiruri.

It’s encouraging to see organisers include former Kecoso stars in the management and organisation of this year’s competition, with sprinter Ochieng now the athletics co-ordinator and Dawo also representing Kisumu County in the local organizing committee.

Ochieng believes that Kisumu will mark the revival of the Kecoso Games of old.

“The level of competition is high, the stadium has been renovated to good standards and I can assure you that we will have top class competition,” the former 400m star assured me on Monday.

We need to support the Kecoso Games to their full potential as they can offer national coaches more options as we prepare for 2018 Commonwealth Games and other competitions.

Zimbabwe: Harare Central Hospital Gets Ultra Sound Machine

By Herald Reporters

Harare Central Hospital on Friday received an Ultra sound machine worth $100 000 from renowned Nephrologist Professor David Gracey of Australia.

Prof Gracey sourced the machine from Toshiba, an electronic company.

He handed the machine to Harare Central Hospital head of medicine and special physician, Dr Tapiwanashe Bwakura.

Prof Gracey said in donating the equipment, his desire was to have best health service delivery for the kidney patients.

“We are committed to provide such big hospitals with required equipment which cannot be afforded so that patients receive first class treatment,” he said.

“We are devoted to providing the best patient care. We are committed to providing technologies to help you excel every day.

“Hospitals like Harare Central Hospital are big hospitals and they accommodate a huge number of patients so they need support.”

Prof Gracey said he hoped the machine would be put to good use.

Dr Bwakura said they would utilise the machine.

“Looking at the economy in our country, it was difficult for us to provide the ultra sound scan to perform renal catheters biopsies and other specific duties,” he said. “Now that we have the machine, it means that in the coming months we are going to stay current with the latest clinical procedures and technologies.”

Harare Central Hospital clinical director Mr George Vera said: “It is also used to help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack.

“Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive, and does not use ionising radiation. It is a very welcome donation at the hospital since the pyramid of our chronic patients is increasing. So far we have 12 of them.”

Experts in hemodialysis treatment also welcomed the donation.

A nephrologist Dr Rumbidzai Dahwa said the machine had many functions in treating kidney patients.

“An Ultra Sound scan is portable,” she said. “It will be used to perform renal catheters biopsies, insert dialysis as well as do kidney scans. It provides extra ordinary images. Every ultra sound system is designed for our specialty.

“It uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to help diagnose and examine.”

Zimbabwe

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Upsets at Kabeberi Sevens

By Ayumba Ayodi

Upsets were in plenty as minnows Kisii, Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad and Nondescripts claimed the scalp of big wigs when Kabeberi Sevens, the second leg of the National Sevens Series got underway on Saturday at the RFUEA grounds.

However, as predicted Series champions Homeboyz, who are fresh from winning Driftwood Sevens last weekend, Christie Sevens champions Kabras Sugar and Menengai Oilers easily slayed their opponents to ease through to the main Cup quarterfinals.

After they were almost embarrassed by Daystar to square it out for a 12-12 draw in their Pool A opener, Nondies would recover for the first upset of the day, downing hosts Mwamba 19-17 in their second match.

It’s a defeat that confined Mwamba to their second consecutive Challenge Trophy appearance after they had lost 22-14 to Homeboyz in their opening match.

Kenya Harlequin might have escaped the wrath of Kisii when they claimed a slim 19-15 victory in Pool B opener, but Nakuru, who reached the final at Driftwood last weekend, were not lucky.

The Kisii side stream-rolled over 2015 Series champions Nakuru 14-12 in Pool B duel, as Blak Blad handed the hapless Kabeberi Sevens titleholders Impala Saracens a 21-7 defeat in Pool C.

“We missed a good opportunity to say Quins in the opening match after some defensive lapse, missed conversions and poor officiating costing us,” said Kisii coach Eric Bosire. ‘”We executed our game plan well for the victory against Nakuru.”

Kisii were due to meet KCB in their last of Pool B duel.

Kisii turned on the style when Boaz Ombura converted Eugene Makale’s try to level the proceedings against Nakuru. It’s George Kimani, who landed before Geoffrey Ominde converted to give the Great Rift side the lead. Kelvin Kioko gave Nakuru a 12-7 lead at the break with a try.

John Ochara converted his own try in the second half to give Kisii victory.

A hat-trick of tries from Ian Omara that went unconverted saw Kisii losing to Quins, who managed three tries through Aron Ofoyrwoth, Roxy Suchi and Solomon Okia. Eric Shikuku converted two of them to save the day for Quins, who led 12-10 at the drinks.

Ian Mijire’s try that Anthony Nyandigisi to put Impala ahead 7-0 is perhaps what brought out the best from Blak Blad. Wesley Kidiga and Franz Obudo laded a try each as Brain Wahinya converted the give the varsity lads a 14-7 lead at the break. Steve Biko went for their third try as Wahinya added the extras to finish off Impala.

Homeboyz and Kabras sealed their place in the quarters with comfortable wins in Pool A and D respectively. After clipped Mwamba, the Deejays went on to thump Daystar 27-0 while Kabras beat Makueni 24-0 and Strathmore Leos 28-7 respectively.

Oilers handed Blak Blad and Catholic Monks 36-7 and 47-7 defeats to reign in Pool C.

Homeboyz were to meet Nondies while Kabras were up against Machine to decide their respective pools winners.

“The two opening legs of Driftwood and Kabeberi are two crucial to our Series defence. We shall be on the right track with victory at Kabeberi since three victories out of six should seal the Series for us,” said Homeboyz coach Paul Murunga.

“We have achieved our target by reaching the main cup but we still have a long way to go. We just need to be careful especially with lots of upset coming through on the first day,” said Kabras Sugar coach Charles Cardovillis. “Some teams who were in main cup at Driftwood have dropped to challenge trophy.”

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